NOOD Regatta
St Petersburg Yacht Club – Fleet 109
St Petersburg, Florida
February 16–19, 2017
Pos Sail# Boat Name Skipper Crew R1 R2 R3 R4 Total 
1 USA 14748 Gen5 Steve Hayden David Hood, Amy Simonsen 5 2 3 1 11
2 USA 15210 Carousel Michael Zonnenberg Brendan Feeney, Wendy Reuss 2 1 2 8 13
3 USA 15202 Veggie Sub Ched Proctor Eric Oetgen, Kathryn Josenhans 1 3 6 7 17
4 USA 14777 I'd Rather Be Lucky Laura Jeffers Will Jeffers, Carl Allison/Kristen Walker 3 6 7 2 18
5 USA 15265 9 Thomas Allen Charlie Bess, Darcy Jensen 4 8 4 3 19
6 USA 14866 Somethind Good Bill Mauk Mike Trebilcock, Bogan Whitehead 7 5 5 6 23
7 USA 15308 15308 William Killebrew Mandy Hofmeister, Mike Osborne 8 9 8 5 30
8 USA 7170 Baby makes three Dave Dickerson Dave Veins,  9 10 1 12 32
9 COL 15481 Magnifico Gustavo Tamayo Juan Sanchez, Pedro Latif 11 4 9 9 33
10 USA 15130 Vann Bros Chris Vann Matt Bryant, Karen Park 10 15/DNS 10 4 39
11 USA 11346 FOB Kip Hamblet Mark Grinder, Andrea Fisher 6 7 12 15/DNS 40
12 USA 14688 William T Jones Jr Sara Swanson, Lizette Arnold 12 11 11 10 44
13 USA 15054 Blue Highways Jonathan Lange Philip Lange, Nathan Curtis 13 15/DNC 15/DNC 11 54
14 USA 15546 Must Be Present Philip Lange 15/DNC 15/DNC 15/DNC 15/DNC 60

The first event of the 2017 Helly Hansen National Offshore One Design (NOOD) Regatta wrapped in St. Petersburg on Sunday. After a weekend of close competition in the Lightning division, the class winner — Steve Hayden, 49, of Lake Mary, Fla. — was awarded the regatta’s overall prize.

Hayden and teammate David Hood had sailed together in the past, but this weekend was their first time back together in the boat after many years. It was also their first time racing with their third teammate, Amy Simenson. When the wind didn’t fill in until after noon, the team on “Gen5,” which was sitting in third place going into the final race, had one chance to push into the top spot. They took the lead early into the first downwind leg, but other teams did their best to close the gap up until the very last inches of the race.
“Laura and Will Jeffers [on “I’d Rather Be Lucky”] kept making the biggest gains downwind, and they actually got ahead of us on the final run,” Hayden said. “We beat them by a boatlength at the finish.”
Hayden comes from a long line of Lightning class sailors. As Overall Winner, he will represent the St. Petersburg regatta at the Helly Hansen Caribbean NOOD Championship Regatta presented by Sunsail in the British Virgin Islands this October, just as his father did several years ago. “I’ve grown up in this class, and my kids are fifth generation Lightning sailors,” said Hayden. “That’s why the boat is called ‘Gen5.’ It’s just a big family.”  read the rest of the article:

Great article by Sailing World's Dave Reed on Inside the Lightning Fleet at the 2017 Helly Hansen NOOD Regatta. On the morning of the final race, we sat down with a Lightning class legend Ched Proctor and the fleet's next generation Michael Zonnenberg to see what they could learn from each other.